Arsene Wenger believes Mathieu Flamini could be back this week closely followed by Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta is still likely to be sidelined however.
Arsenal brushed aside a toothless Hull City side 2-0 in the FA Cup and thankfully have come through relatively unscathed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a knock to his knee in a collision shortly after he entered the game, but Wenger believes it is nothing serious.
The Gunners now have a week break before hosting Stoke City at Emirates and Wenger hopes to have Flamini back for the tie but Ramsey is a little more doubtful despite original suggestions he would be fit for the New Years Day clash with Southampton.
Wenger remains cautious with the Welshman having lost him to a similar injury for three months last season.
The Gunners boss provided an injury update after the Cup win:
Mathieu Flamini could be back, Aaron Ramsey has a little chance. Nobody else. Mikel Arteta will be longer. I think Flamini should be available for selection and maybe Ramsey has a little chance to be back.
[on Oxlade-Chamberlain] It’s just a knock, he should be alright.
Wenger also discussed the fitness of Alexis Sanchez who put in another man of the match performance in what was his 28th appearance for the Gunners in his debut season.
The Frenchman says the star Chilean is showing no signs of fatigue and hopes he can remain fit for the remainder of the campaign.
I hope [Alexis can keep his energy up for the rest of the season]. There’s no reason. You look at the players who have that confidence – you’re torn between the fact that when the player’s confident and keeping him playing, and giving him a rest.
I feel that when the players are confident it’s important to keep them going, especially when they have that physical potential. He recovers very quickly and we’ll see. At the moment he doesn’t look in our tests like he has any fatigue problem.
Alexis produced another exhilarating performance playing through the middle and capped it off with a fantastic goal. A proper strikers finish, back away from goal he pivoted and shot wide of the outstretched ‘keeper. This is exactly what we’ve been missing, creating goals from nothing.
Hopefully Alexis will be well rested with two crucial fixtures against Stoke and Manchester City on the horizon in the next two weeks.